Ask yourselves Brewer fans…

The team gets a fill-in starter who helps shut out the opponent, and one hero drives in the Crew’s only run.

Who do you picture?

The Milwaukee Brewers held on to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 to add some distance on the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost later in the evening.

Marco Estrada filled in for injured Chris Narveson and fought through 5 innings of work, and the well-rested bullpen did the rest. Estrada, 1-1 in 4 previous starts with a 5.18 ERA, did enough to take the win today. He walked none and allowed only 1 hit, damn impressive for a guy who hadn’t been the model of consistency as of late. Takashi Saito, LaTroy Hawkins, Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford all did the dirty work out of the bullpen, with Axford having to work around a leadoff triple in the 9th inning.

The hero of the day? Yuniesky Betancourt, who belted a 2nd inning home run for the only score of the game. He had been quietly stepping up his game, but it’s becoming harder and harder to stay quiet about it. So what was the situation with the rest of the lineup? Almost everyone get a hit, just never at the right time. Plenty of guys were left stranded on base, but that’s nothing new.

The Brewers have let their game do the talking for them, but it is always nice to win the nationally-televised games. Things will be back to normal tomorrow as Shaun Marcum tries to finish off the sweep.

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